Rumors are circulating that Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM) is looking at a $20 billion buyout offer.

The rumors come from a Wall Street Journal article and so have credibility. The WSJ reports that Analog Devices (ADI) is in talks to buy rival Maxim Integrated (MXIM) for about $20B in what would be one of the largest merger deals of the year, The Wall Street Journal’s Cara Lombardo reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Analog and Maxim are discussing an all-stock deal that could be finalized as soon as Monday, the author adds. Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/analog-devices-in-talks-to-buy-maxim-integrated-for-more-than-17-billion-11594593796?mod=pls_whats_news_us_business_f

On July 8, 2020, Maxim Integrated reported that it released the industry’s thinnest optical sensor solution. Quickly and easily design sensors into places where they never used to fit with the thinnest optical sensor solution for wearable health and fitness products: the MAXM86146 dual-photodetector optical sensor solution from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The turnkey drop-in module includes built-in algorithms for heart-rate and oxygen-saturation (SpO2) monitoring, as well as advanced activity classification. Its small size and ease of design enable innovative biosensing features in less space and support the rapid development of accurate, continuous health-monitoring devices.

The MAXM86146 offers designers of advanced wearable products the ability to achieve a 45 percent thinner optical design versus a discrete approach. Additionally, the module offers ready-to-use biosensing algorithms that measure vital signs to the most rigorous medical standards, allowing even more time to develop market-differentiating features. It saves designers up to six months in bringing new products to market and provides extra time and space to expand functionality.

The revolution in wearable health monitors is gaining momentum as it provides unprecedented access to health insights which help medical professionals and end-users proactively manage preventative care needs and chronic conditions. Developers strive to continue this momentum by creating innovative solutions to provide deeper insight into health conditions and open doors to improve wellness.

Key Advantages

  • Smallest Size: Provides the world’s thinnest dual-photodetector optical sensor solution to enable lighter, more compact power-efficient devices; Combines two photodiodes, an optical AFE and a microcontroller with built-in algorithms (activity classification, heart rate, SpO2) in a 0.88mm package that is 45 percent thinner versus a discrete approach.
  • Faster Time-to-Market: Drop-in module solution cuts development time by up to six months.
  • Innovation Focus: With ready-to-go algorithms that measure key vital signs, developers can focus on expanding functionality instead of algorithm development.

“By cutting our development time, Maxim Integrated’s state-of-the-art optical sensor solution enabled us to leap-frog the competition by allowing us to focus on new feature introductions,” said Satish Movva, founder and CEO of CarePredict. “In addition, caregivers got unprecedented remote access to the activity and behavior indicators of seniors through the CarePredict wearable to help manage their health conditions from afar.”

“Design space and time-to-market are at a premium for designers of next-generation wearable healthcare monitors,” said Andrew Baker, managing director, Industrial and Healthcare Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. “With the world’s thinnest dual-photodetector optical sensor solution, we enable greater capacity for designers to rapidly introduce innovative capabilities.”

The MAXM86146CFU+ is available at Maxim Integrated’s website for $5.84 (1000-up, FOB USA); also available from authorized distributors
The MAXM86146EVSYS# evaluation kit is available for $150.

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